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Sinulog Festival in Cebu attracts millions of visitors each year and is one of the famous festivals in the Philippines. The main event is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January and is often observed through month-long street parties, week-long variety shows, and concerts.

On Sinulog 2019 which falls on January 20th, millions of visitors are expected to flock and celebrate Sinulog Festival like locals. But, the majority of them aren’t here for the week-long hustle and bustle of the festival. They’re also here to venture picturesque places and gastronomic pleasures that Cebu City could offer.

Here are some of the beautiful places with magnificent views where you can pay a visit during the month-long Sinulog celebration:

1Osmeña Peak

Cluster of jagged hills on the background at Osmeña Peak

Located in Dalaguete, Osmeña Peak is one of the most-visited countryside destinations in Cebu. It is the highest mountain in Cebu that has a cluster of jagged hills like a deformed twin of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills nestled between the southern towns of Badian and Dalaguete.

  • Location: Osmeña Peak, Badian, Cebu (View Map)
  • Estimated Fees: Entrance Fee: Php30/Pax
  • Open hours: 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Features: jagged hills, camping
  • Contact: N/A

Also read: Cebu Philippines : Badian — Lambug Unspoiled Almost Paradise

2Maravillosa Park

Beautiful sunset at Maravillosa Park, Tabuelan

The long-stretched white sand beach of Maravillosa Park in Tabuelan has been a favorite go-to destination by many on weekends. Its powder-like white sand is perfect for beach activities like volleyball, frisbee, camping and sunset viewing.

  • Location: Maravilla, Tabuelan, Cebu (View Map)
  • Estimated Fees: Cottages: Php1,000 (Overnight)/ Php700 (Day use), Tent Rental: Php250
  • Open hours: 24 Hours (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Features: camping, sunset, white sand beach
  • Contact: +63 918 279 5459

Also read: Summer Travel to Tabuelan and Tuburan Cebu on a Shoestring

3Scape Skydeck

Panoramic view of Mactan channel and Marcelo Fernan Bridge from Scape Skydeck

Scape Skydeck in Lapu-Lapu is an eminent luxury dining destination in the island. Expect a picturesque view of Mactan channel and Marcelo Fernan Bridge from their sky lounge ambiance. This must-try restaurant for foodies is located near MCIA (Mactan-Cebu International Airport), so its perfect for a quick stop before your flight or upon arrival.

  • Location: Roof Deck, Azon Residences, M.L. Quezon National Highway, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City (View Map)
  • Estimated Fees: Php500 Meal Budget (Per Pax)
  • Open hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Lunch), 5:00 PM – 12:00 MN (Dinner), 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Happy Hour) – (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Features: international cuisine, panoramic view of Mactan channel
  • Contact: (032) 232 2192 / (0922) 810-4550 (Sun) / (0995) 150-9862 (Globe) / (0930) 664-1074 (Smart)

Also read: Scape Skydeck: Luxury Restaurant & Sky Lounge Is It Worth a Try?

4La Tegola Cucina Italiana

Panoramic view of the city from the lower floor of La Tegola Cucina Italiana in Busay

It’s always a good decision to escape some time from the hustle and bustle of the city caused by the Sinulog Festival. Located not far from the City proper, Busay has also been a favorite destination for gastronomic adventures and overlooking view of the city. Satisfy you authentic Italian dish cravings at La Tegola Cucina Italiana and enjoy the magnificent view of the city especially with the anticipated Fireworks Display to cap off the festival celebration.

  • Location: Upper Busay, Busay, Cebu City (View Map)
  • Estimated Fees: Php400 Meal Budget (Per Pax)
  • Open hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Features: overlooking view of the city, Italian cuisine
  • Contact: +63 32 406 5979 (Upper Busay), +63 32 345 6080 (Banilad), +63 32 340 9070 (Marina Mall), +63 32 233 3914 (Ayala Terraces)

Also read: La Tegola Cucina Italiana: Is the City View and Food Worth the Climb?

5Top of Cebu

Spanning view of the city from the lower floor of Top of Cebu restaurant

Top of Cebu is yet another destination for foodies. Also located in the mountainous area of Busay, Top of Cebu gained its popularity in social media by their unique lightings and wide viewing deck for city viewing. This mountain-top restaurant offers all-time Filipino, French and American delights.

  • Location: Cebu Tops Rd, Cebu City, Cebu (View Map)
  • Estimated Fees: Php400 Meal Budget (Per Pax)
  • Open hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Features: overlooking view of the city, all-time Filipino, French & American cuisines
  • Contact: (032) 515-0718

Also read: Spent the Night Devouring at Circa 1900 Cebu

And there you have it, the top 5 recommended destinations whilst the bustling streets of Cebu for the month-long Sinulog festival 2019.

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